Making and submiting proposals

1. Introduction

RIKEN is Japan’s largest comprehensive research institution renowned for high-quality research in a diverse range of scientific disciplines. The purpose of the supercomputer system is to contribute to scientific and technological research consistent with RIKEN’s mission.

RIKEN do not charge fees for using the RIKEN Supercomputer System. This is because we want to provide computation environment as free and comfortable as possible to RIKEN researchers and help them obtain better research results. However, more than 800 million yen are being spent to keep this environment in a year. To distribute computing resources between users means research fee necessary to conduct researches is distributed between computer users. So, RIKEN’s regulations are to review research proposals beforehand for fair allocation of computational resources.

For the review, proposers estimate the computation time they will need, and their proposals are reviewed whether they are valuable worth the computation time (cost). Small proposals that use less than 1% are reviewed by the Center at any time upon submission. Proposals that use 1% or more of the either computing resource (General or Exclusive use category) are reviewed by the Committee for the Review of Research Project Proposals Using the Supercomputer System (the Review Committee) that meets two times a year. Committee members are selected from extensive research fields that RIKEN is actively involved in. Since the review is performed by three or four committee members, it is requested that you write the description of your research theses comprehensible.

We appreciate if you could understand this policy, estimate necessary computation time and cooperate with us for the fair review of proposals. You are strongly requested to read the Supercomputer System Usage Policy before you make applications.

2. Responsibility

Usage report and the handling of research results are stipulated in the the article 15 of Supercomputer System Usage Policy. Using the system violating the Policy may result in the cancellation of your account or will affect future proposals from you.

3. Usage Categories

We set up three types of user categories: exclusive use, general use and quick use, each with different available computational resources (core time). Please make an application appropriate for your research.

  1. General use project (Reviewed in March and September basically)
  2. Quick use project(Reviewed year-round except for the end of each fiscal year)

Applicants of General use projects have to estimate necessary computing time in the usage of trial or quick use before applications.

General use project is a category for project which needs more than 1% of the CPU resources of GW-MPC and BW-MPC, and it is need to estimate necessary computing time in previous usage.  Quick use projects are permitted to use 1% of each computing resource.

Total computing resources for 12 months
(General Use can apply to use those resources.)

GW-MPC  302,745,600 core-hours
 BW-MPC  294,336,000 core-hours

Please refer system overview(PDF) to know the detailed spec information about computing resources.

1% computing time of ACSL and ACSG will be assigned to all projects Q18*** and G18***. Requests of more computing time will be accepted after April 3, and users will know how to request in March.

Other detailed information about eligibility, use category, and other important issues are described in the usage policy and summary of operation.  

4. Application Method ( Forms were changed)

Project representatives have to make all of members of project understand the usage policy, and submit necessary forms as your requirements. Please do not request to make new accounts for those who will not execute jobs actually.

#The latest version of forms are need to be accepted. Applicants have to use online submission system.

Request of FY2018 new Quick use project ( including request of new accounts)
*You have to submit as one single file with multi-sheets if the project is grouped project.

Request of FY2018 new General use project
  Form2 and Form3(Update: Jan. 2018) (#Form3 will be reviewed by committee. The next review will be conducted in September.)
# Form2 have to be submitted as one single file with multi sheets and please add sheet by copy in a file if applicants want to add more than two members.

Adding existing or new accounts to existing project or changing information of existing accounts

How to submit

Applicants have to use online submission system (“ACCC-DESK” ) to make new projects or change group/user information as mentioned below. Please understand kindly and cooperate to make screening process more efficient.

  • Proposal of new Quick use project including request of new accounts: Form 1
  • Proposal of General, Exclusive use Project: Form 2 and 3
  • Adding existing or new accounts to existing project: Form4
  • Changing information of existing accounts : Form4

It is the most important point that

e-mail address ***

is needed in the first step of submission in which upload URLs is sent to applicants or replacements.

Applicants who don’t have *** must ask someone in laboratory of RIKEN to get an upload URL and transfer it to applicants. Then anyone can upload applications by accessing the upload URL from anywhere even if it is outside RIKEN.

Please transfer this announcement to assistant or others who are in charge of clerical work of your laboratory and let them know new methods of submission.

[ Guidance of online submission system]

Please refer this figure and guidance.

flow of submmitng

HELP: Making new projects(inside RIKEN only)

HELP: Change account information or adding members(inside RIKEN only)